Just a tease
BK will have a formal practice report coming later today, but called me from the freeway to give y'all a Cliffs Notes rundown. In a nutshell, Pau Gasol participated during all of today's practice and assuming there's no negative reaction as a result of said participation, he should be on the court tomorrow against the Blazers. His actual PT is still up in the air, but that would indeed be a step forward. And while Andrew Bynum didn't take part in the practice proceedings, he did run the court today, supporting his body weight in its entirety (as opposed to work on the Lakers' futuristic, space age treadmill, which takes up some of the pressure for him). Obviously, he won't be suiting up tomorrow, but Drew will head out on the road with the team on Saturday, meaning there are hopes alive for action either Sunday in Sacto or a week from today in Portland.
UPDATE: (3:14) So you know, If I had to guess if Drew would actually play on the trip, the answer is no. PJ said he wants him there to continue practicing, participating in shootaround, and to make sure he's able to continue progressing. It's possible, I guess, but Phil made it pretty clear that Bynum would need to be going full speed at practice, absorbing contact, etc. before they'd put him back into a game. Whether he does or not, though, it's still good news. BK
Optimistic news on both fronts.